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Sabrina Ionescu has 37 and No. 6 Oregon downs No. 3 Stanford 87-55

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 16, 2020

Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu celebrates a 3-pointer against Stanford during the third quarter  Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Eugene, Ore. (Chris Pietsch / AP)
Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu celebrates a 3-pointer against Stanford during the third quarter Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Eugene, Ore. (Chris Pietsch / AP)
By Anne M. Peterson Associated Press

EUGENE – Sabrina Ionescu had a career-high 37 points to become Oregon’s all-time leading scorer, and the sixth-ranked Ducks handed No. 3 Stanford its first conference loss with an 87-55 victory Thursday night.

Ionescu went into the game needing 24 points to match Oregon career leader Alison Lang, who had 2,252 between 1980-84. When the record was announced on the video scoreboard, the crowd gave the senior guard a standing ovation.

Her previous career high was 36 points, set against Stanford on March 4, 2018. She also had 11 rebounds and seven assists for her ninth double-double of the season for the Ducks (14-2, 4-1 Pac-12). Satou Sabally added 18 points and 11 rebounds.

Kiana Williams had 15 points for Stanford (15-2, 4-1), which trailed by as many as 30 points. Former Central Valley standout Lexie Hull added 10.

The Ducks’ win likely means another shakeup in the rankings. Oregon had climbed to No. 2 but fell last week to Arizona State 72-66. The Sun Devils went on to also defeat No. 3 Oregon State last weekend, becoming the first unranked Division I team to knock off a pair of top-three opponents in back-to-back games.

As a result of ASU’s sweep, UConn’s loss to defending national champion Baylor and other upsets, South Carolina moved into the top spot. Stanford, the previous No. 5 team, moved up two spots, while the Ducks dropped to sixth and Oregon State fell to eighth.

UCLA, the only undefeated team in the country, moved up to No. 7. The Bruins face USC on Friday. With Arizona and Arizona State, the Pac-12 has six teams ranked in the Top 25.

Stanford took an early 15-8 lead against the Ducks after Hull’s layup and 3-pointer. Ionescu answered with a 3, but Oregon trailed 17-13 at the end of the opening quarter.

Ionescu’s 3 tied it at 20, but the Ducks couldn’t pull ahead until Sabally’s layup made it 25-24. Sabally’s 3-pointer extended the lead to 34-28 with just over 3 minutes left in the half, and Oregon went into the break ahead 36-30. Ionescu led all scorers with 15 points. She also had five rebounds and four assists.

Stanford opened the second half with a 7-0 run to take a 37-36 lead. But the Ducks reeled off seven straight points to reclaim it. After Ionescu’s layup put Oregon up 50-42 in the third quarter, she let out a loud yell and jump-bumped a teammate. She finished with 14 points in the third quarter.

The Ducks stretched the margin to 60-46 on Taylor Chavez’s layup to put the sellout crowd on its feet. A short time later, they were on their feet again when Ionescu made a jumper to move into first on Oregon’s career list.

Ionescu made a 3-pointer to send the Ducks into the final quarter with a 65-48 lead, and Stanford didn’t muster a comeback.

Stanford was coming off a pair of wins last weekend against Cal. The Cardinal’s only other loss this season came on the road against Texas on Dec. 22.

Oregon rebounded from the loss to the Sun Devils with a 71-64 road victory over Arizona on Sunday. In addition to the Wildcats, the Ducks also fell to No. 8 Louisville in late November at the Paradise Jam.

Stanford owns a 54-11 series advantage against the Ducks. The Cardinal won the last meeting 64-57, in last season’s Pac-12 Tournament title game.

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